Hoggard faces scans on freak wrist injury

Leicestershire captain Matthew Hoggard will have scans on Monday July 4 to ascertain the extent of the wrist  injury he suffered in an unusual training accident.

Hoggard damaged his right wrist hitting a punch-ball on the morning of Leicestershire’s Friends Life t20 match against Northamptonshire at Grace Road.

The injury ruled Hoggard out of Leicestershire’s six-wicket win and was sufficiently serious for the county to book him in for a hospital appointment.

The injury is to the wrist that Hoggard relies on for control of the ball, raising concerns that he may be forced to miss more than just one match.

Australian Andrew McDonald took over the captaincy in Hoggard’s absence and led Leicestershire from the front with three wickets and an unbeaten run-a-ball 38 in a win that took them closer to a quarter-finas place.

Leicestershire will also have to give a fitness test to batsman James Taylor before they finalise their side for Wednesday’s t20 match against Yorkshire at Headingley.

Taylor, who helped McDonald pilot the side to victory against Northamptonshire, suffered a side strain pulling a six in his unbeaten 21 and he required on-field treatment.

Leicestershire return to County Championship action against Essex at Grace Road on July 10 when they are optimistic that paceman Nathan Buck will be fit to return to action. Buck made his comeback from an ankle problem in last week’s drawn Second XI Championship match against Northamptonshire at Desborough.

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